Wrong-way ride for charity

A POUND for every mile - that's the aim of two motorcyclists who are preparing to bike round the coast of Britain to raise money for terminally ill children.

A POUND for every mile - that's the aim of two motorcyclists who are preparing to bike round the coast of Britain to raise money for terminally ill children.

Roger Hewitt and Mike Cosford will be setting off from Felixstowe and riding anti-clockwise around the country, covering around 5,000 miles in three weeks.

The pair - who will be raising money for the East Anglian Children's Hospices - are looking forward enormously to the challenge and the spectacular sights they will see en route.

They will be riding BMW bikes - the company is one of their main sponsors, along with the Lions Club of Felixstowe - and camping most nights, booking into a bed and breakfast every few days to freshen up.

“It's going to be a really exciting event and quite a challenge to do it in the time we have allowed ourselves - once we get to north Scotland, the islands and Wales, some of the roads will not be very fast at all,” said Mr Hewitt, who owns Underwoods Hardware store in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.

“We want to raise one pound for every mile we travel for EACH.

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“It's a great charity doing some excellent work and to be able to present them with a cheque for £5,000 or more would be fabulous.”

Mr Hewitt will be riding a BMW RL50R and Mr Cosford, a contracts manager with VSL Systems UK Ltd, will be on a BMW GS1200.

“We hope to reach Edinburgh in two or three days, taking all the coast roads and sticking as close to the edge of the country as possible,” said Mr Hewitt.

“Then it will probably get a bit slower once we are in north Scotland. We plan to go out to some of the islands, too, Skye and Oban.

“We will have to stick to a timetable but we will be stopping off at various places - I am looking forward to seeing some spectacular scenery and some great sights.

“It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and should be a lot of fun.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Roger and Mike or donate to the fund should pop into Underwood Hardware.

Are you doing any unusual fundraising activities? Contact the Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788.

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